Sunday, January 04, 2009

Five Pain Portraits

I've recently administered FTP tests for a few other riders - 45 minutes - as hard as you can go and still finish the test. All of them were strong and experienced racers. But as you can see from the charts below, none of them had the same approach to the test. It was fun, and sometimes very painful, to watch.

This guy started too easy and probably had too much left at the end:

This guy started too hard and struggled at the finish:

This guy's approach took him to all sorts of highs and lows. A premature finishing push and subsequent burnout probably cost him a few watts:

This guy had good, if slightly undulating, pacing and turned himself inside out, in and out of the saddle, to maintain his number in the closing minutes:

This guy's metronomic output was juuuuusst right (guess who's the experiened time trial specialist of the group?). Amazing consistency and near-perfect pacing.

I expect higher numbers from the first three riders if they choose to test again later in the season - from better pacing strategy if not also from improved fitness. If the last two want higher numbers, they'd better just "Ride Lots."

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